Orange Grove Family Dentistry
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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The entire team at Orange Grove Family Dentistry believes in making sure visiting the dentist is as relaxing and comfortable as possible for your entire family. Our mission is to provide our patients with a quality atmosphere where they can learn about taking care of their oral health and enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Dr. Kyle Nishimura enjoys taking all the time needed with each patient to ensure they understand how best to take care of their oral health. He also wants to make sure your questions are answered so you know why treatments might be recommended.

Because we hear many of the same questions from our patients, we have created a list of those and answered them here. Of course, if you have questions that are not included in this list, please be sure to give us a call or bring them along to your appointment so we can discuss them with you.

Our caring team of professionals enjoys being helpful to patients and creating a fun atmosphere. We can’t wait to meet you. We look forward to assisting you with all your questions regarding your family’s oral health!

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The American Dental Association recommends that patients of all ages should visit their dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning in order to keep their teeth healthy and avoid preventable dental problems such as tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and more.

The simple answer is that your toothbrush and floss just aren't able to clean all of the surfaces on your teeth, and these hard to reach spots can accumulate plaque that can lead to cavities. Additionally, coming to see us routinely will ensure that we are able to stay ahead of any potential issues that may come up and provide you the best care.

Many patients are nervous about visiting the dentist, and that's okay. Our team will work hard to ensure your comfort at every visit by keeping you fully informed and using a gentle touch.

We accept dental insurance PPO plans from many of the nation's largest providers, and we always work to get the most out of your benefits at every visit. We do not accept Denti-Cal or HMO plans. To learn how we can use your particular plan to help you save, please contact us today!

Children's Dentistry

Although it might initially seem like a waste of time and money, it is much better to fix a decayed baby tooth than to pull it.

Baby teeth serve a number of purposes. Of course, they are needed so your child can chew foods properly. But not a lot of people realize those baby teeth are there to preserve the space needed for the adult teeth that will eventually come in. A small or medium cavity in a baby tooth can be filled with a tooth-colored filling; this is a simple dental procedure that generally causes minimal distress to the child.

It's best to fix the tooth decay because it is important that the tooth stays in place until it is ready to come out on its own. Because baby teeth are placeholders for adult teeth, if one is lost too soon, there may not be room for an adult tooth to grow in the space. This could mean additional dental treatment is required, such as space maintainers, because the problems caused by the early tooth loss are more difficult to correct than simply filling a tooth that has decay.

Protect those baby teeth by ensuring your child brushes and flosses regularly and visits the dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings.

Extractions

Absolutely not! Extracting a tooth is a decision that should only be made when it is truly the last resort, and there is no treatment available to save the tooth.

We urge our patients not to decide to pull their tooth based on money alone. In almost every instance, people who have opted to have a tooth pulled rather than fixed have regretted their decision because it can be much more expensive in the long run. If you cannot afford to fix your tooth and decide you want it extracted, be sure to talk to your dentist so you understand completely the ramifications of your choice.

In many cases, root canal treatment is a viable option to tooth extraction and can save a troubled tooth, giving you back the full function of that tooth.

If a tooth is damaged, a simple dental crown might be all that is needed to restore its functionality.

It is important to remember that there is no tooth replacement option that is exactly like your natural tooth. Any artificial tooth option might limit your ability to chew your favorite healthy foods. Nothing beats keeping your natural teeth—especially when treatment is available to make it healthy again. Talk to your dentist before making such a drastic, permanent decision.

Periodontal Treatment

Yes, you should be concerned, and you should see your dentist immediately.

Bleeding is typically a sign of gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). Gum disease starts as mild gingival inflammation and can progress to more advanced stages. Healthy gums do not bleed with brushing and flossing. 

Too many people who have gum disease have no idea they have it. Because it is often a silent disease that begins painlessly, the American Dental Association estimates that almost 50 percent of adults age 30 and up have some form of gum disease. 

If you think you might have gum disease, you need to seek treatment immediately. More and more research links unhealthy gums to a host of other health problems, including an increased risk for diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer. 

Most gum disease can be prevented if diagnosed and treated early; however, more advanced stages can often cause irreversible damage. Be sure to have your teeth and gums checked regularly to prevent problems from gum disease. Be sure to stay current with your bi-annual visits to the dentist for examinations and cleanings. Tell your dentist if you have noticed bleeding while brushing and flossing your teeth.

Some people's teeth are more sensitive to cold, often near the gumline. This can happen for a lot of different reasons.

Sometimes people are simply more sensitive to cold and hot temperatures.

Other causes may be recession of the gum tissue, abrasions of the teeth, large metal restorations, or decay. Sometimes the outer protective layers of the tooth become worn, and the exposed dentin becomes sensitive. There can also be increased sensitivity if a filling has been lost or has become loose or the tooth root has become exposed due to gum recession.

There are many ways to treat tooth sensitivity. Some range from simple changes you can make at home, and others will involve some time in the dental chair. But the good news is that you should be able to do something about tooth sensitivity. Here are some of the possibilities for treatment:

  • Brushing with toothpaste that is specifically made for sensitive teeth
  • Applying fluoride treatments either at home or in the office
  • Changing your diet to avoid the triggers for sensitivity
  • Covering an exposed area of the tooth with crowns or fillings
  • Using grafting to cover receding gum areas
  • Treating an infection or severe decay with root canal therapy 

 

The simple answer is that your toothbrush and floss just aren't able to clean all of the surfaces on your teeth, and these hard to reach spots can accumulate plaque that can lead to cavities. Additionally, coming to see us routinely will ensure that we are able to stay ahead of any potential issues that may come up and provide you the best care.

Preventive Dentistry

The American Dental Association recommends that patients of all ages should visit their dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning in order to keep their teeth healthy and avoid preventable dental problems such as tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and more.

The simple answer is that your toothbrush and floss just aren't able to clean all of the surfaces on your teeth, and these hard to reach spots can accumulate plaque that can lead to cavities. Additionally, coming to see us routinely will ensure that we are able to stay ahead of any potential issues that may come up and provide you the best care.

It can be disheartening when you are diligent about brushing and flossing each day only to find that you have a cavity when you go to the dentist. Unfortunately, in spite of your best efforts, sometimes genetics can make you more prone to cavities than other people.

Another reason people get cavities is their dietary habits. Sugar is the biggest culprit. Since you cannot change your genetics, you might want to take a look at your diet and clean it up, if necessary. Avoid sugary foods and drinks. If you do indulge, brush immediately after doing so.

It's also important that you stay current with your visits to the dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings. Digital x-rays and the intraoral camera can also help to detect cavities while they are still tiny so filling them will be quicker and they will not grow any bigger. 

When you come into our office, ask us about dental sealants. These provide a physical barrier that helps keep dental decay at bay in the grooves on your molars. We also offer a fluoride varnish that can be applied to your teeth. Both of these options can help prevent cavities from forming.

Teeth Whitening

Not really. When you use a whitening toothpaste, some of the surface stains might dissipate, but it will not change the shade of the teeth themselves. If you do see any change, it will be minimal and short-lived.

If you want results you can see, you should opt for professional teeth whitening at your dentist's office. 

Most people who get their teeth professionally whitened will see results immediately after the treatment. Your teeth will be whiter and brighter than they were when you sat down in the chair. The level of whiteness will depend on a number of factors, including the patient's natural tooth color and the current shade.

You can extend the results of your treatment by following up with a home-care teeth whitening system that includes custom-fitted whitening trays. It is also advisable to avoid stain-inducing foods and beverages after you undergo the whitening treatment. Tobacco products are also not advised.

Professional tooth whitening is a safe, straightforward procedure; patients report minimal discomfort during and after the treatment. Some people with a sensitive gag reflex might find the treatment somewhat uncomfortable, so if that concerns you, you should bring up your fears with your dentist ahead of time. Your dentist can walk you through the entire procedure so you will know what to expect.

 

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